It really is a case of now or never for Tottenham prodigy Marcus Edwards and, here, in our It’s a big season for feature, we’ll be taking a look as to why the upcoming campaign is so important for the man in question.
The youngster once compared to Lionel Messi by Mauricio Pochettino has fallen severely down the pecking order at Tottenham and if he is to have any chance of reviving his Spurs career, he must at least attempt to start doing it now.
Obviously, the winger spent this season on-loan in the Netherlands, playing his football with Excelsior Rotterdam in the Eredivisie. There, he made 25 appearances, scoring twice and assisting four and it’s fair to say the Londoner did what he could but failed to help them avoid relegation.
Clearly, these are perhaps not exactly the most inspiring figures (to be fair, the whole side only managed to score just 46 times all season), but the Tottenham man actually received a lot of praise from one of his Excelsior team-mates, Jeffry Fortes, during his loan spell this past season (as per Voetbal International).
“He is of a bizarre level, what he can do is really not normal, I have not experienced a better player in my career, and Mauricio Pochettino did not make that comparison with Messi for nothing,” he said.
However, he didn’t enjoy much success during his other loan spell at Norwich, for example.
That particular spell was actually cut short after his attitude and mentality were questioned. Indeed, according to The Telegraph, he failed to arrive to a single training session on time, while also arriving late to team meetings. Furthermore, they added his behaviour was a source of bewilderment for his teammates, so it wasn’t exactly a glowing recommendation.
Still, as stated, more promising times awaited him in the Netherlands. Although failing to make an impact early on, he certainly made the most of his opportunities during the second half of the campaign
Clearly, there is something there. As Fortes said, one doesn’t simply get compared to one of the greatest players of all time for no reason. As per WhoScored, the 20-year-old managed a pretty impressive 3.3 dribbles a game so it’s clear that he does have the ability to really drive at opponents, something that could come in handy if he were to make good on his Spurs career.
Edwards’ loan move has now, of course, ended. Which obviously means one of two things. He will either be quickly moved on, either on another loan-deal or on a permanent basis. Or, the forward will be given the chance to impress during pre-season. Either way, it does seem like a crossroads in regard to his time on the club’s books.
With Erik Lamela yet again failing to make an impact last season after another category of injuries, who knows? Perhaps there is a place there for the talented youngster.
Tottenham fans, what do you think? Should Edwards be given another chance at Tottenham? Will he ever be good enough to break into the team? Comment below.
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